While Google and the FCC talk about big multi-Mbps and Gbps broadband speed plans, Ohio-based independent ILEC CT Communications is already taking action by launching its 100 Mbps Active Ethernet Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) service.
Targeting initially business and residential customers in Urbana, West Liberty, and Bellefontaine, Ohio areas, CT will upgrade its existing broadband passive optical network (BPON) and DSL lines to an Allied Telesis Active Ethernet-based FTTP Intelligent Multiservice Access Platform (iMAP) system. CT will use the new network to enhance its bundled service offerings.
With only 8,500 access lines, CT is arguably a smaller ILEC, but the move could serve as a case study for other independent ILECs that are considering similar transitions of their last mile networks.
"We chose the Allied Telesis Active Ethernet platform because we were confident it could support our network bandwidth needs, both today and in the future," said Tim Bolander, director of Network Operations, CT Communications in a release. "We recognized early-on the need for 100 Mbps symmetrical capabilities, and with Allied Telesis, we can improve service and deliver a strong quality of experience to our customers. We envision our implementation of the Allied Telesis solution as a model for the FCC's National Broadband Plan."
- see the release here